Denver Broncos: Why Their Performance Last Night Signals a Gloomy 2012 Season

Scotty McGrawCorrespondent IIIJanuary 15, 2012

Tebow surrounded by the media and cameras after their loss to the Patriots Saturday night
Tebow surrounded by the media and cameras after their loss to the Patriots Saturday nightAl Bello/Getty Images

Tim Tebow was set up for a magnificent game last night. In last week's highly-watched battle against the Steelers, Tebow threw for over 300 yards against one of the best defenses in the NFL.The Patriots struggled so much on that side of the ball this season that they started to play wide receivers at special defensive back positions.

Tebow and the Broncos got wrecked last night in their 45-10 blowout. The Patriots completely obliterated the Broncos and Denver is now faced with a swarm of questions regarding Tebow and their team.

The quarterback has to hone his football skills and knowledge. Pocket presence and throwing in general are two of the many glaring needs that Tebow has to fix if he wants to make the playoffs next year.

The Broncos ended their season on a very discouraging note and have needs all over.

On offense, they need interior line depth, a young, powerful running back and a dominating wide receiver. Broncos star RG Chris Kuper had a nasty ankle injury and there is no guarantee he will be 100% anytime soon. RB Willis McGahee has been phenomenal this season but is aging. RB Knowshon Moreno has been consistently under-performing and tore his ACL earlier this year. WR Eric Decker and WR Demaryius Thomas have stepped up their game, but having an Alshon Jeffery or Michael Floyd on their roster is a necessity for Tebow if he wants to grow as a football player.

On defense, they need an interior lineman, a cornerback and a strong safety. While DT's Brodrick Bunkley and Marcus Thomas have had pretty good seasons, they could use a disrupting powerful force in the middle. Even though legendary CB Champ Bailey re-signed this offseason, he is getting older and older as is CB Andre Goodman, and SS Brian Dawkins has had an injury-riddled playoff campaign and is 38.

The Broncos have a very young offense meanwhile a very old defense.

If Tebow keeps on having games like Week 15, 16, 17 and last night, the Broncos are going to struggle in 2012. Next year, the Chiefs get QB Matt Cassel, RB Jamaal Charles, and S Eric Berry back from their injuries. Also, the Chargers will be extremely motivated to return back to the playoffs after two mediocre seasons. Furthermore, the new-look Raiders are led by QB Carson Palmer for the whole season next year.

Denver has a challenging schedule next year, with games against the Steelers, Saints, Texans, Ravens, Bengals, Falcons and Patriots among others, respectably. Don't forget that they play the Raiders, Chargers, and Chiefs two times since they are division opponents. Most of those likely are going to be losses.

The Broncos have a lot of preparation and work set out for them this offseason. Denver also needs to draft quality prospects with a lot of upside. In order to be a playoff contender next season their first step is developing and gelling as a team this offseason.